The State of Illinois may be doing away with the position of Lieutenant Governor

By WEEK Reporter

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 9:22 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The State House passed a bill late last week that would ask voters if they want to eliminate the position.

Governor Quinn says he served in that office for six years before taking over for the impeached Rod Blagojevich -- and thus supports keeping the position.

Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler says he's not sure how he would vote on the issue, adding that he would be in favor of letting the people of Illinois decide.

"If it's done just because it's cost saving, it's $2 million out of a $34 billion budget," said State Senator Dave Koehler (D). "Is there some benefit from what the Lt. Governor does? Yes, I think so."

If the bill is approved by the Senate, it would go to voters on the November, 20-14 ballot.

If the Lt. Governor position goes away, the Attorney General would be next in line if the Governor were to leave.

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